Air Conditioning/Defrost Noise (from caller)

kia
rio

#1

About 2 weeks ago a caller indicated that there is a “chirping” noise when he used his defrost and/or his air conditioning. It was determined that his compressor is failing and would need to be replaced. His call was a duplicate of my problem! My question is: If I am not concerned about the air part, will I be in danger of losing the capability to use the defrost also at some point. I am just not sure I want to make an expensive repair on an older car. My noise has been there about 6 months. How long can I stretch this out?


#2

Once the compressor fails, you will still get hot air out of the defroster. It just won’t be dehumidified air anymore. Depending of where you live, this might be a major or a minor issue.